Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Movie Reviews
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Attention, Easily Offended Peeps: This is NOT your movie! What else can you say about a children's book author and animator who was famous for having sex slave barbie dolls?! Well, for one, Walt Disney he was NOT. There's nothing family friendly here in this story but it certainly does open your eyes to one of the most maligned and misunderstood artists of his time. He came to America like a lot of people: in search of something bigger and better for his life; but when he found that something, it turned out that he was too avant garde for the artistically cautious and illiterate. He slowly disappeared into oblivion. Which is a shame because now we have shows like South Park and Family Guy and movies like Pineapple Express, Borat, Bruno, and This Is the End, all of which are basically the kind of humor that Ungerer would have approved of. He was just ahead of his time.
I remember my grandmother used to mutter in hushed tones about this dude Ungerer under her breath . . . something about how kids these days say things that even Ungerer wouldn't have said, lol. My grandma was pretty conservative, so it's no wonder she was so easily offended by Ungerer, a children's book author who wrote things that were considered fodder for anyone BUT children. This movie is really good and interesting for anyone who knows how controversial he was during his lifetime, but it still somehow fails to really capture the essence of who he was. I guess only his writing really conveys that and the filmmakers made a good try at it but it only goes so far. Still, this is a good introduction to the man who was an artistic genius and who, like so many other geniuses in their time, was grossly misunderstood.
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